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Description

This search is to detect a suspicious rundll32.exe process having a http connection and do a dns query in some web domain. This technique was seen in IcedID malware where the rundll32 that execute its payload will contact amazon.com to check internet connect and to communicate to its C&C server to download config and other file component.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2022-02-18
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: f1483f5e-ee29-11eb-9d23-acde48001122

Annotations

ATT&CK

ATT&CK

ID Technique Tactic
T1218 System Binary Proxy Execution Defense Evasion
T1218.011 Rundll32 Defense Evasion
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
NIST
CIS20
CVE
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`sysmon` EventCode=22 process_name="rundll32.exe" 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by Image QueryName QueryStatus ProcessId  Computer 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `rundll32_dnsquery_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: rundll32_dnsquery_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required fields

List of fields required to use this analytic.

  • _time
  • Image
  • QueryName
  • QueryStatus
  • ProcessId
  • Computer

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the process name and eventcode = 22 dnsquery executions from your endpoints. If you are using Sysmon, you must have at least version 6.0.4 of the Sysmon TA. Tune and filter known instances where renamed rundll32.exe may be used.

Known False Positives

unknown

Associated Analytic Story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
56.0 70 80 rundll32 process $process_name$ having a dns query to $QueryName$ in host $Computer$

:information_source: The Risk Score is calculated by the following formula: Risk Score = (Impact * Confidence/100). Initial Confidence and Impact is set by the analytic author.

Reference

Test Dataset

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